USMC Departs from Afghanistan

The last Marines in Afghanistan, members of 1st Battalion, 2nd Marines; Combat Logistics Battalion 1; and Marine Aircraft Group — Afghanistan, departed Afghanistan yesterday, after a ceremony where the USMC's last base - Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province - was transferred over to Afghan National Security Forces.

MARSOC to be Renamed to Honor Raiders

Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. Jim Amos has announced that all units in the Marine Corps Forces Special Operations Command (MARSOC) will be undergoing a name change to honor the elite Marine Raiders of World War II.

Although Gen. Amos had previously rejected a 2011 proposal to change the name of MARSOC, over the past few years he had appeared to slowly change his mind, even appearing as the guest of honor at the Marine Raiders reunion last August.

Marines New CIPP Program Off to Slow Start

The first year of the Marine Corps' Career Intermission Pilot Program (CIPP) has gotten less use than expected, with only three Marines taking part in the program.

MARSOC Preparation? There's an app for that!

If you are interested in the Marine Corps Special Operations Command (MARSOC), you've got to be ready for the physically demanding assessment and selection course. Now, the Marine Corps can say "there's an app for that".

The MARSOC Physical Preparation app, which is in the final stage of testing, will allow prospective MARSOC candidates to both view and learn the correct exercise technique as well as track and share their progress with others.

More Women Officers Able for IOC

Just announced today, the Marine Corps will open up its Infantry Officer Course to more female Marine Corps officers.

Starting in October, Lieutenant and Captains in other occupations will be able to volunteer to attempt the grueling IOC, in an attempt to pull more women through the course. The Marines had hoped to have at least 100 female Marines attempt the course in the three years that it has been opened to them, but so far only 20 have attempted it. None have passed.

Retired Marine Gen. Matthis On Bergdahl Release

This past Sunday retired Marine General Matthis appeared on CNN's State of the Union and says that the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl actually makes the Taliban more vulnerable.

Marines Retire IED Working Dogs

In response to an urgent need in 2004, the Marine Corps developed a program to train some military working dogs to be IED Detection Dogs(IDDs), and now that the need is passed, officials are looking for homes for all of these dogs.

More Combat Units Open to Women in Marine Reserve

Earlier this month the Marine Corps announced that it was opening up more jobs in combat units to women in the Marine Reserves.

Although still barred from direct combat roles, this opens up certain jobs in the following Marine Corps units:

  • Headquarters Battery, 2nd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters Battery, 5th Battalion, 14th Marines
  • Headquarters and Services Company, 14th Tank Battalion
  • Headquarters and Services Company, 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion

Marine Corps Times Removed from Newsstands

The popular newspaper Marine Corps Times has been removed from its prominent position at checkout counter newsstands in base exchanges across the service, according to a report at Marine Corps Times.

Tuition Assistance Restored for Marine Corps

With the signing into law of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2014, Defense Department programs which had been running under the limit of sequestration have (mostly) been restored.

One of the biggest programs, tuition assistance, has had its funding raised from sequestration levels of $3.5 million per quarter to $12 million per quarter. The $3.5 million dried up during the first two weeks of the quarter - forcing many Marines to pay for college out of pocket.

The Marines requirements for receiving tuition assistance are:

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